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LAST DAY – Luanne Rice (Released February 1st, 2020)
From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss.
Years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.
Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run. When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu.
Reid immediately suspects Beth’s husband, whose affair is a poorly kept secret. He has an airtight alibi—but he also has a motive, and the evidence seems to point to him. Kate and Reid, along with the sisters’ closest childhood friends, struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight?
Twenty years ago, Reid vowed to protect Beth and Kate—and he’s failed. Now solving the case is turning into an obsession . . .
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars
This was my introduction to Luanne Rice and she brought us a new suspense filled with murder and secrets. Sisters Beth and Kate suffered the tragedy of their lives when their mother was killed and a famous painting, Moonlight, was stolen. A detective assigned to the case vowed to always watch over them and to find who committed these crimes against them.
Years later, both sisters are moving on as best they can. Beth is now married with a daughter and is continuing to run the family art gallery. Kate has become a pilot and tries to outrun her past as best she can. Until one day Kate gets the news that her sister has been murdered and the very same painting has gone missing again. Why is history repeating itself? Why can’t Kate seem to escape family tragedy? Who killed her sister? Of course, the prime suspect is Beth’s husband, but the investigation takes us on some twists and turns and brings more questions than answers.
While I enjoyed the premise and the mystery, I did feel like there was a lot going on. Lots of characters and lots of stories to keep straight. I think that if some of the stories dragged and that the parts in the book could have been a little shorter. I found myself being taken out of it, but I was curious enough to see how it would end to continue. Overall, I think those that like a lighter suspense novel will enjoy this!
About the Author:
Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 34 novels, which have been translated into 24 languages. The author of Last Day, Dream Country, Beach Girls, Pretend She’s Here and others, Rice often writes about love, family, nature, and the sea. She received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement in the Literary Arts category.
Several of Rice’s novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for Lifetime. Rice’s four cats are her muses, and she speaks their language. She lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
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